2 June 2015 > 3 June 2015

Athens (Greece)

GUE/NGL Study Days in Athens (Greece)


InterContinental Athenaeum Hotel

Syngrou Avenue 89-93, Athens


Interpretation: DE - EN - IT - EL - FR - ES - PT (+ Danish in passive)

TUESDAY, June 2nd

9.00 - 09.45

Opening of the meeting and welcome

  • Gabi ZIMMER , President of the GUE/NGL Group

  • Yannis Dragassakis, Vice President of the Government and responsible of the Governmental Council on Economic Policy

  • Dimitris PAPADIMOULIS, GUE/NGL MEP and EP Vice President

Periphery Debts: Causes, consequences and solutions

1st panel: “A Political Economy of the Periphery Debt Accumulationâ€

2nd panel: “The uneven geographies of the European Crisisâ€

09.45 - 11.15

1st panel, Chair: Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Gabriel Colletis (Professor of Economic Sciences, University of Toulouse 1 -Capitole/ France)

  • Alekos Kalyvis (responsible of SYRIZA political bureau on economic policy and the party's programme )

  • Debate


Coffee break

TUESDAY, June 2nd (morning session - continuation)


2nd panel, Chair: Matt Carthy (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Mariana Mortagua (economist/ Portugal)

  • Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Marina Albiol (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Debate

13.00 - 15.30

Break (free time for lunch)

Voluntary: meeting with solidarity social structures (no interpretation)

TUESDAY, June 2nd (afternoon session)

3rd panel: "Standing with the Greeks for a European Alternative"

4th panel: "For a European Solution to the Periphery Debts"

15.30 - 17.00

3rd panel, Chair: Marisa Matias (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Walter Baier (economist and coordinator of "transform! europe" network / Austria)

  • Myrto Bolota (coordinator of "solidarity4all" network/ Greece)

  • Barbara Spinelli (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Debate

17.00 - 17.15

Coffee break

17.15 - 19.00

4th panel, Chair: Sofia Sakorafa (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Eric Toussaint (CADTM and Representative of the Audit Committee for the greek debt)

  • Fabio de Masi (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Debate


“The response of Cohesion Policies to the Economic Crisisâ€

1st panel: "When competitiveness undermines cohesion: employment and social welfare in the spectrum of the Agenda 2020"

2nd panel: "A critical Assessment of the austerity policies in the EU"

9.00 - 10.30

1st panel, Chair: Kostadina Kuneva (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Rania Antonopoulou (Deputy Minister to tackle unemployment)

  • Rina Ronja Kari (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Debate

10.30 - 10.45

Coffee break

10.45 - 12.30

2nd panel, Chair: Kostas Chrysogonos (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Henri Malosse (President of the EESC)

  • Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Debate

13.00 - 15.00

Break (free time for lunch) and possibly bilateral meetings with Greek MPs tbc upon interest of GUE/NGL MEPs (no interpretation provided)

(14.00 – 14.30

Press conference - interpretation will be provided only in EL and DE)

Wednesday, June 3rd (afternoon session)

"Another Europe is possible - Fighting austerity, inequalities and imbalances"

15.00 - 16.30

Chair: Dimitris Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Nikos Chountis (Deputy Minister on European Affairs)

  • Malin Bjork (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Lola Sanchez (GUE/NGL MEP)

  • Debate

16.30 - 16.45

Coffee break

16.45 - 18.00

  • Continuation of the debate

18:00 - 18:30

Conclusions by Gabi Zimmer

19.00 - 20.15

External meeting with Minister on Migration, Mrs Tassia Christodoulopoulou (interpretation with "valises" in 5 languages: EL, EN, FR, DE, ES)



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